What does "fruitless" mean in this sentence ?
Even so, the president and Secretary of State Cordell Hull considered it prudent to keep the way open for improving relations, so Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles had been engaged in a series of fruitless discussions with the Soviet ambassador, Constantin Oumansky, since mid-1940.
- Anonymous4 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Discussions that produce nothing, in the same way a tree doesn't bear fruit.
- JudyLv 44 weeks ago
Unproductive. . . . . .
- CaraLv 74 weeks ago
It is very, very tempting to give you the answer that they ate no oranges, plums, strawberries, or any other fruit during these discussions. However, I will just direct you to a dictionary. Don't you even have a dictionary on your computer?
- RPLv 74 weeks ago
Here, fruitless means non-productive or ineffective.
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- bluebellbkkLv 74 weeks ago
If you don't know what a word means, try a dictionary first.
The word 'fruitless' 'here' means what it would mean anywhere else.
- A Yahoo UserLv 74 weeks ago
It means: unproductive, unsuccessful.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 74 weeks ago
means there was no useful result from the discussions. not surprising as Stalin didn't want things to get cozier